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Online Education Costs More, Not Less

February 20, 2017 - Posted in: General College News
The myth that online education courses cost less and therefore save students money on tuition doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, a survey of distance education providers found. When additional fees are included, more than half of distance education students pay more than do those in brick-and-mortar classrooms. The higher prices - what students pay - are connected to higher production costs.
Read this story at insidehighered.com

St. Thomas University Joins SAGE Tuition Rewards

February 20, 2017 - Posted in: SAGE Scholars News
St. Thomas University, dedicated to delivering a personalized private education, has become the 12th Florida college and the 89th Catholic college to join the SAGE Scholars Private College & University Enrollment Consortium. According to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, STU ranks among South Florida’s top three colleges whose alumni earn the highest salaries 10 years after graduation.
Read this story at secure.tuitionrewards.com

A New Way of Dealing with Admissions Mistakes: A Challenge Worth Taking

February 20, 2017 - Posted in: College Admissions News
Admissions 'errors' do happen. Columbia University's School of Public Health recently sent out acceptance letters to students it was not accepting; then, it withdraw the acceptances. Why not enroll them...track them... study them. Compare their outcomes to those chosen with all deliberate care by admissions officers. Will these 'errors' be as good - or way worse than a 'normal' class?
Read this story at linkedin.com

Food pantries pop up on college campuses for students struggling with hunger

February 19, 2017 - Posted in: General College News
Colleges and universities are increasingly recognizing a long-hidden problem: students struggling to afford food. Nearly half of students reported some issue securing food in the previous month, according to a study released in October; one in five students at four-year schools reported being hungry. A majority of food-insecure students have a paying job, and many have campus meal plans that cover only some meals.
Read this story at philly.com

Find the Right College as an Average Student

February 19, 2017 - Posted in: College Admissions News
Community colleges aren't the only option for HS students with average grades who want to pursue a college degree. Most top-ranked, well-known institutions may be out of reach, but C students can find welcoming and supportive institutions if they're willing to consider unfamiliar options. Here are 4 websites that predict which colleges will admit & want you.
Read this story at usnews.com

Record 39,494 Apply to Harvard College Class of 2021

February 19, 2017 - Posted in: College Admissions News
Harvard College received 39,494 applications to its Class of 2021, setting a new record for the third year in a row and surpassing last year’s total by 450 applications. Last year, Harvard accepted a record-low 5.2% of applicants. This year's applicant pool is unusually diverse. The application deadline, January 1, was prior to President Trump’s inauguration and didn't affect international applications.
Read this story at thecrimson.com

Mark Cuban: Don't go to school for finance — liberal arts is the future

February 19, 2017 - Posted in: General College News
Billionaire investor Mark Cuban offered a perhaps bleak prediction on the future of jobs in an interview Friday with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson at the NBA All-Star Technology Summit. 'I personally think there's going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than for programming majors and maybe even engineering, because when the data is all being spit out for you...you need a different perspective.'
Read this story at businessinsider.com

State of Florida wants students graduating from college sooner

February 19, 2017 - Posted in: General College News
Florida leaders hope to soon produce a new type of college student: one who graduates in 4 years. Only 44% of freshmen at state universities finish in 4 years. The rate is 23% at Florida Atlantic U. & 26% at Florida International U. 4-year graduation rates are even lower at community colleges - just 3% of students at Palm Beach State College & Broward College raduate in 4 years.
Read this story at cdn.ampproject.org

Haunted by Student Debt Past Age 50

February 19, 2017 - Posted in: Student Loan News
Americans age 60 and older are the fastest-growing age group of student loan debtors. Older debtors, many of whom live hand-to-mouth on fixed incomes, are more likely to default. When that occurs with federal loans, as happens with nearly 40% of such borrowers age 65 and over, the government can seize a portion of their Social Security payments — even if it pushes them into poverty.
Read this story at mobile.nytimes.com

An alternative to remedial college classes gets results

February 19, 2017 - Posted in: General College News
When students are unprepared for college, schools often require courses to help new freshmen catch up to their classmates. But, there are tuition costs for remediation courses, which do not count toward a degree and may delay you from graduating on time, costing money in the long run. A better idea: a course teaching techniques for critical thinking, reading, note-taking and test preparation.
Read this story at cdn.ampproject.org
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